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Learn how to grow your own vegetables and maintain a beautiful garden in the city of Chicago with classes on urban gardening, container gardening, and sustainable gardening practices.

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Principles of Garden Design

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn how to apply your design skills to create stunning garden spaces. Discover the spatial properties of landscape materials and how they can enhance your concept plans and construction-level drawings. Take your design knowledge to the next level with this professional course.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$619

8 sessions

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Small Flowering Trees

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Discover the secrets to creating a captivating garden with an array of beautiful and vibrant small flowering trees. Uncover the art of selecting the perfect trees to enhance the aesthetic appeal and depth of your landscape. Join us to develop your knowledge and transform your garden into a breathtaking masterpiece.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$499

13 sessions

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Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Discover the enchanting world of native woodland wildflowers and their captivating natural history. Uncover their unique identification traits and uncover the secrets behind their rapid growth, flowering, and fruiting. Immerse yourself in a transformative walk through the woods, where you'll witness these ephemeral wonders come to life.

(126) All levels 18 and older
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Home Garden Design Workshop

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn the basics of home garden design and installation. With a mix of lectures, workshops, and walks, you will create a plan for your home garden that incorporates plant spacing, plant selection, and the importance of dynamic bed lines. Garden walks will be included. Dress for the weather.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$162

4 sessions

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Ground Covers and Vines

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Delve into the diverse realm of ground covers and vines, discovering their ornamental qualities and cultural characteristics. Expand your botanical knowledge as you explore nearly 60 species, from common English ivy to lesser-known cultivars like clematis and coral-bells. Learn essential identification techniques and cultivation practices to enhance your garden with these versatile climbers and spreaders.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$400

13 sessions

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Seasonal Perennial Plant Walk

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Enjoy a morning walk and discover the diversity of perennial plants. Each month, you will explore a sampling of the Garden’s collections of perennials and experience the foliage, flower, and seed formation that provide seasonal interest. Dress for the weather.

(126) All levels 18 and older

Three Sisters Gardening

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Experience the time-honored wisdom of Three Sisters Gardening, an Indigenous American tradition fostering symbiotic growth. Explore the harmonious relationship between corn, beans, and squash as they thrive together in your garden. Delve into the history and practicalities of cultivating these crops, tailored for the Midwest climate, with a hands-on garden walk for real-world insight.

(126) All levels 18 and older

Year of the Cicadas

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Dive into the captivating world of cicadas with our expert-led exploration. Discover the unique traits, myths, and significance of the rare convergence of 13-year and 17-year cicada broods in 2024. Gain invaluable insights into cicada behavior, sounds, anatomy, and life cycle, guided by local expert John Thompson. Join us indoors for a fascinating journey into the Year of the Cicadas.

(126) All levels 18 and older

Outdoor Survival and Shelter Building

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

When caught in an outdoor survival situation, there are many actions one can take. Explore basic options available when faced with a crisis. Learn the importance of a dependable shelter, food, water, clothing, and companionship. Participants will practice building a basic shelter. Dress for the weather, as part of the class will be held outside.

(126) All levels 18 and older

Grow a Cut Flower Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Would you like to grow your own bouquets? Discover new ideas about what to plant and how to harvest and care for cut flowers.  You’ll also learn simple techniques for creating beautiful arrangements.

(126) All levels 18 and older

Spring Containers at the Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Get inspired by the Chicago Botanic Garden's stunning spring containers and learn how to create your own for a full-sun or partial-shade location. Discover the best plants that can withstand varying spring temperatures, including pansies and forced bulbs. Don't forget to dress appropriately and bring gloves if needed!

(126) All levels 18 and older

Botany 1

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Unlock the secrets of plant life and discover the fascinating world of botany in this engaging course. Explore the different classifications of plants, their life cycles, and the vital role they play in our lives. Join us for an eye-opening journey through the diverse and intriguing world of plants.

(126) Beginner 18 and older
$462

10 sessions

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Botany 2

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Chicago, IL

Discover the fascinating world of plant growth and development in this advanced botany course. Explore the intricate processes of seed germination, water movement, photosynthesis, and symbiotic relationships. Prerequisite: Botany 1.

(126) Intermediate 18 and older
$462

12 sessions

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Beginner Tropical Bonsai Workshop

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Unlock the artistry of tropical bonsai cultivation in our beginner workshop. Delve into essential care techniques and hands-on styling methods to craft your own stunning bonsai tree. With expert guidance and all materials provided, embark on a journey of creativity and horticultural mastery.

(126) Beginner 18 and older
$280

3 sessions

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Beginner Bird Walk

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Join us on an evening bird walk through the display gardens as we search for songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors.  No prior bird-watching experience is required, and binoculars are recommended but not necessary! 

(126) Beginner 18 and older

Summer Containers at the Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Discover the art of creating vibrant and thriving summer containers designed for both sunlit and shaded spaces. Immerse yourself in a guided tour of stunning garden displays before harnessing your own creativity to assemble a warm-season mixed container. Unleash your green thumb and craft a beautiful masterpiece of annuals, perennials, herbs, and decorative foliage. Don't forget to bring gloves!

(126) All levels 18 and older

Meet the Cultivars: Conifers

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, Chicago, IL

Discover the vast variety of conifer cultivars and uncover their unique traits. Gain expertise in selecting the ideal tree for your design projects or home gardens. Immerse yourself in the beauty of conifers during a guided garden walk.

(126) Intermediate 18 and older

How to Divide Perennials

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, Chicago, IL

Learn the secrets to multiplying your garden's beauty with expert tips on dividing perennials. Join us at the renowned Chicago Botanic Garden for a hands-on workshop that will teach you how to spread the wealth of your perennials throughout your garden. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your gardening skills and create a stunning landscape.

(126) All levels 18 and older

Plant Health 2

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Chicago, IL

Delve deeper into plant health with an immersive exploration of pests, diseases, and management strategies. Enhance your knowledge through in-depth Garden walks, focusing on pest identification, monitoring, and effective control methods. Build upon prerequisite foundations in botany as you design comprehensive plant health care programs, equipped with essential skills in site assessment, soil testing, fertilization, and pesticide understanding.

(126) Intermediate 18 and older
$562

12 sessions

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Glorious Ground Covers

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Uncover the beauty of low-growing plants that create a stunning foundation for landscapes. Delve into the world of ground covers that offer both aesthetics and ecological benefits, with their ability to provide food, shelter, and gorgeous textures. Join us for a guided walk amidst nature's finest offerings.

(126) All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Garden Classes in Chicago

Garden Classes in Chicago are rated 4.3 stars based on 126 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Botany 1

    Anonymous review on 10/25/2019
    This class was a delight! I learned so much. It is an intensive class, so expect to spend time out of class studying, but also expect to come away with newly gained understanding of the plant world and how much we rely on it.

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